The 12 BrainBox Days of Christmas

You’ve sung the carols and watched the nativity play, now you’re looking forward to two weeks with the whole family and wondering how you’re going to keep everyone amused. After all, there’s only so much eating, television watching and wet, windy walks you can take!

Here are our very own 12 BrainBox Days of Christmas to keep the whole family entertained. If you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, these might just do the trick…

BrainBox Roald Dahl is a whizz-banging, fizz-gurgling whirlwind of all that we love most about his wonderful creations. Our game features Dahl’s unique way with words, combined with Quentin Blake’s unforgettable illustrations, to bring the BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Enormous Crocodile roaring to life.

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One of the most hilarious new games to hit the shelves, Speak Out is a bit like trying to talk about your holidays while you’re at the dentist! Players fit a lip retractor and have to read a phrase from a selected card. Imagine trying to say ‘he’s my stealthy pet ferret named Garrett’ without being able to close your lips…

Our most popular board game, Qwirkle is as simple as matching colours and shapes but also requires tactical manoeuvres and well-planned strategy. Using the tactile wooden blocks, score points by building lines that share a common attribute, either colour or shape. Sounds simple, but imagine how much harder it could be once Granddad’s had his Christmas tipple and tries to help!

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Simply one of the funniest games we’ve seen since we played Twister at the office party, Pie Face does exactly what it says on the tin. Put a blob of whipped cream or a wet sponge on the ‘hand’, and turn the handle for a Russian Roulette style game of chance – you get a point for every turn of the handle without getting splatted!

Teaming up with Horrible Histories, we bring you the most gruesome collection of Villains ever to walk out of the London Dungeon. Featuring historical horrors from Vlad the Impaler to Jack the Ripper, BrainBox Horrible Histories Vile Villains combines the art and black comedy of Horrible Histories with our classic BrainBox format. One for the young teens this Christmas!

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Bananagrams, packaged as neatly as the fruit of its namesake (what a great idea, a fruit that comes in its own lunchbox), is like a mad cross between Scrabble, crosswords and Boggle! Once the timer starts, players race to build word grids with their letters. It’s a great way for children to start exploring letters and words, and it’s just as much fun for the rest of the family.

Who could forget that baby iguana and the snakes on Planet Earth II? Here at BrainBox we’re passionate about learning more about the natural world, and here are three of our most popular classics: BrainBox Animals, Nature and Predators. Find out about elephants and gorillas, the Amazon Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, and face your fear of snakes, sharks and spiders!

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After all that excitement, we’ve got another hilarious word game for you. In Obama Llama the trick is to describe the thing that rhymes with the celebrity you’ve picked. So how would you describe or act out Fred Astaire dancing with a bear? There’s even a whole card devoted to Tom Cruise!

A very popular game for us, combining eight different categories including Food and Drink, People and Places and Entertainment, the BrainBox Board Game is a real family favourite. Special squares allow you to pick your own subject category, battle against another player or gamble the cards you hold already in order to win the game. You might want to avoid the Food and Drink category just after Christmas dinner though!

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Now available in many different guises including Disney, Star Wars and even Guildford, Monopoly is probably one of the most played board games in history. Monopoly is a great way to teach children how to handle money and become property tycoons, but has arguably also been the root of endless family quarrels for generations. Remember that time Dad put a hotel on Mayfair?

Probably our bestselling classic game, and one of our first, BrainBox The World is a whistlestop tour of 71 countries. Our beautifully illustrated cards hold a treasure trove of information and useful facts and are a wonderful way of introducing children to the very best this world has to offer. Where else could you find out about Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, kangaroos and the Tour de France in one place?

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Last but by no means least is another classic and rival to Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit. Now available in many different forms, we’ve picked the Family Edition, recently updated and now in a simpler and more accessible format than ever before. In this edition there are two sets of cards, ‘adults’ and ‘kids’, so the older generation don’t need to worry about getting questions on Justin Bieber!